Downtown Brew clears rumors of closure
June 21, 2010
For 16 years, notable performers have made music and revelry at San Luis Obispo’s Downtown Brew, but a few days ago, rumors started circulating that the popular night spot had closed its doors. And while the club is in the process of changing owners, its name, its look and its menu – it is not shutting down.
Compass Health, a partner in the San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara Downtown Brew clubs closed their Santa Barbara location and as of June 30, will no longer be affiliated with the San Luis Obispo venue.
Joining owners Todd and Korie Newman, West Pac Investment’s Hamish Marshall is on track to step in as a new proprietor in July. And though unconfirmed, according to the club’s Facebook page, there are plans to change the venue’s name back to SLO Brew.
In the fall, the owners plan to unveil a new look along with a high end pub menu.
Until then, hours have been reduced and the food menu is sparse at best.
“As we are changing ownership, it made sense to burn through inventory as the change is made,” said general manager Monte Schaller in response to a question about the amount of menu items currently not available “We are closing down certain days and going to a limited three to five item menu. We will be focusing on the music.”
Schaller said that patrons can plan on attending any of the 25 concerts scheduled during the summer. Find concert schedules on CalCoastNews’ event calendar.
Until fall, aside from concert dates, the club will be open downstairs from 10:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And upstairs, the restaurant is currently opened from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.